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Old 01-17-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
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First all grain on the boil. Supposed to be a simple ESB that I tried to model off of the Common Room Bitter recipe from here in the data base.

I mashed at +/- 154* for 90 mins, 4 #'s 2 row and 1 # Crystal 60.

BIAB, mashed in t the oven in 8 quarts of water, then squeezed and "sparged" with enough water to get me up to 13.5 quarts for the boil. Pre boil SG was 1.034 at 128*, which by the Brewer's Friend conversion chart would be 1.044 at 60* I believe.

Hoping my boil off guess gets me close to 2.5 gallons for the fermenter.


Boiling 60 minutes, .75 oz EKG for bittering, then .125 oz each of EKG and Fuggles at 20 minutes and flame out.

Going to use Cooper's yeast, as I like the flavours that seem to come through from it in my ferment temp ranges, 62-66* or so.

Holy Crap. That is all.

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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Congratulations. It looks like you are off to a running start. If you haven't boiled off half what you need by the half hour mark, extend your boil and add your flavor and aroma hops a little later.

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:22 PM   #3
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HA! Checked in 15 minutes late.

Looks to be good. I boiled with the paint bag over the pot to filter hops. Wish I hadn't, as now I can only guess at what the volume is at. Approaching what I wanted I think though.....

Edit: Just pitched the yeast @ 72*, SG was 1.050, Brewer's Friend Calculator says that would be 1.051 @ 62*, and about 71.63% efficiency. Ended up with bang on 2.5 gallons. Bubble away little buddy, bubble away....

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:43 PM   #4
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Sounds like you did well, let us know in 3 or 4 weeks how it tastes.

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Old 01-19-2013, 09:50 AM   #5
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Airlock bubbling nicely, started about 24 hours in.

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Brewed second all grain biab this morning. It's really as easy as people say. Fun as well, glad I tried it. Might brew an AG dry stout, then go with 5 or 6 batches of SMASH's to get to better understand the malt and hop flavours a little better.

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Brewed second all grain biab this morning. It's really as easy as people say. Fun as well, glad I tried it. Might brew an AG dry stout, then go with 5 or 6 batches of SMASH's to get to better understand the malt and hop flavours a little better.
I'm glad you found it fun.... It is fun. I have done one and I'm itching to do another one. Might do Jamil's American pale ale next.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:19 PM   #8
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Going to by a burner tomorrow. Found one I can buy locally for about 35 bucks taxes in (loyalty point aided). It's 60000 btu with a 10psi regulator, appears to be sort of a Bayou Burner SP10 knock off I think. Pretty pumped. Going to keep doing 2.5 gallon batches until I save up to upgrade the kettle. Hope to do a simple IPA next week to give it a try.

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What size of kettle are you looking for? I bought a SS 20 quart pot w/lid from a large grocery store on sale for only $29.99. Then bought a 30 quart one as well for $39.99.

Keep an eye on craigslist for used kettles, or check out a large grocery store, that sells kitchen items as well and see what they have.

In the 30 quart one I have, you can easily do 5 gallon batches.

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Wunderbar!!

biab is the best!

many happy brews to your future!

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